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How to Brush

Brush 2 times per day, morning and night, for 2 minutes each time. Remember to brush all the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth. 

Caring for your baby or toddler's mouth

Find out more about keeping your baby or toddler's mouth healthy before and after teeth appear.

For children aged 3-8 years
 
Circular Scrub Method
  1. Outside surfaces - with teeth closed, place brush inside the cheek with bristles pointing towards the teeth. With light pressure, begin brushing by moving bristles in small, circular motions. Brush the outside surfaces of the top and bottom teeth together in one motion.
  2. Inside surfaces - with mouth open, brush with tiny circular motions on the inside of all the top teeth. Then do the same for the inside of all the bottom teeth.
  3. Chewing surfaces - brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with a small circular scrubbing motion.
  4. Tongue - don't forget to brush your tongue. Point the bristles toward the back of the tongue, as far back as you can go. Then sweep forward gently 2 or 3 times. 
For ages 8 and up
 
Rolling Stroke Method
  1. Getting started - place the bristles of a soft toothbrush against your teeth, with the bristles pointed up for the top teeth and down for the bottom.
  2. Outside surfaces - apply pressure to the brush against your gums and roll the bristles down for the top teeth and up for the bottom teeth.
  3. Inside surfaces - using the same gentle rolling stroke method, brush the inside surfaces of all the teeth front and back.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tip the brush vertically, and roll the bristles using gentle up and down strokes with the toe of the brush. Remember to brush your tongue, it helps to freshen your breath.
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